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Cult Television Essentials: Cockleshell Bay

Cockleshell Bay was a children’s television series which was shown at lunchtime on ITV during the early 1980’s. It was made by Cosgrove Hall for their parent company, the ITV broadcaster Thames Television. It ran from 1980-1986 and has a total of 104 episodes.

Twins Robin and Rosie Cockle were the main characters. They lived at the Bucket and Spade guest house run by their parents Helen and Christopher. The family had moved to the Bay from an unknown city, because their parents had wanted to leave city life behind, and their father no longer wanted to work in a factory.

Although Robin and Rosie frequently argued with each other, it was clear that they much enjoyed each others’ company. Gran Routy (who was no relation to the family, but was known as “Gran” due to her large number of grandchildren) helped out at the house. Robin and Rosie’s friends included Mr. Ezikiel Shipham (known locally as Mr Ship), Mr. Paddy Fingal and his donkey Fury (whom Mr. Ship looked after), as well as Ben Gunn the “pirate seagull”. In the later series Robin and Rosie had a baby sister called Holly.

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